Youth Tour in Washington D.C.

2023 YOUTH TOUR APPLICATION NOW OPEN! DEADLINE IS DEC. 15, 2022 AT 5 P.M.

About Annual Youth Tour in Washington D.C.

Every year during June, Wake Electric sponsors a one-week, all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for two local students. Students who attend the Youth Tour will join 1,500 high school students from across the country to learn about electric cooperatives, American history and the U.S. government. They will also visit the historic sites and federal landmarks of the nation’s capital, as well as spend time with their congressional delegations. For exciting details on the Youth Tour and what you can expect, visit www.youthtour.coop.

A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to Wake Electric’s youth tourists the following year upon proof of enrollment in a North Carolina college or university.

Application

Applications opened Oct. 1 and the deadline is Dec. 15, 2022 by 5 p.m. The application must be in our office by the deadline. Any application received after the deadline will not be considered, even if it is postmarked prior to that date. Applicants will be notified of their status in mid-January 2023.

Scholarship Opportunities

Wake Electric’s youth tourists will receive a $1,000 scholarship upon completion of their trip which will be awarded the following year upon proof of enrollment in a North Carolina college or university, community college, vocational or technical school.

In addition, youth tour winners will also be eligible to apply for and win one of three additional annual scholarships:

  • Gwyn B. Prince Youth Scholarship ($2,500)
  • Katie Bunch Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)
  • Youth Leadership Council Scholarship ($2,000)

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants do not have to live in households served by Wake Electric but must currently be high school juniors in Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Nash, Vance or Wake counties.

If you have questions, please contact Wake Electric at communications@wemc.com or (919) 863-6440.

2022 Youth Tour Winners

Krupa Jacobs (left) and Diana Martinez (right)

High-school juniors Krupa Jacob of Cary and Diana Martinez of Henderson were selected by Wake Electric to attend the 2022 Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. Krupa, age 16, is a student at Panther Creek High School. Diana, age 16, attends Henderson Collegiate High School.

The two will join nearly 1,500 students from across the United States for a one-week all expenses paid trip to the nation’s capital. Both students will also receive a $1,000 scholarship after their high school senior year upon enrollment in a college or university in North Carolina.

If you have any questions, please contact us at communications@wemc.com or call 800.474.6300. The Youth Tour is funded through voluntary member and employee donations to Wake Electric’s WE Care Foundation.